St. John's Catholic Primary School

Oldfield Lane, Bath, Avon, BA2 3NR

01225 303990

office@stjohns.bathnes.sch.uk

Shine, Celebrate and Grow!

Otters

Class teacher: Mr O'Neill

 

Home Learning

We understand that this is an unsettling time and we hope having access to these ideas may help you create a sense of routine and support your child’s learning. Equally we are aware that people have caring commitments and that every family will be doing their best day by day and as such, not every activity may be completed. If you would like to use them at home, some daily prayers can be found here: Morning Prayer Lunchtime Prayer End of the Day Prayer

 

Term 6

You have been absolutely incredible so far with all of your home learning! Keep up the brilliant work, try not to get disheartened, we will all be together again soon. And don't forget, I am only ever an email away: to'neill@stjohns.bathnes.sch.uk

Remember to check the Catholic Life Page for weekly Gospel Readings, reflections and activities.

 

Final week of Term 6

PLEASE BRING IN YOUR LIBRARY BOOKS TO TRANSITION DAY!

Last day of school is Wednesday 15th July.

Year 4s going up to Year 5 Transition Day on Thursday 16th July.

Year 3s going up to Year 4 Transition Day on Friday 17th July.

 

Somehow we have made it to the end of the school year! A huge well done do you and your parents/carers for all the incredible work you have completed during Home Schooling! We hope you have a wonderful summer holiday and cannot wait to see you all again in September!

Monday 13th July

No video calls this week as we hope to see you all on Transition days!

 

Reading

Have a go at this reading comprehension on Benjamin Zephania. There are three different levels of challenge, going from 1 star for mild, 2 stars for hot and 3 stars for spicy – take your pick!

 

Writing

Carrying on with our work on poems, this week you are going to be writing and performing your own poem about your class!

 

Today’s task: read this poem and write your own about your current class.

Feel free to magpie ideas, but remember to make it your own.

 

We are the number one

That’s what they say

We can beat you any time

Any other day

We are the class 4-A

And we rock the school

Everyone consider us

To be very cool

But we aren’t boastful, we aren’t proud

And neither are we vain

But people still think

That we are quite insane

Our class is cheerful & funny

Everybody’s kind, each other no one hates

That is why I think

My class is really great!

 

Spelling - Year 3 and 4:

This week we are revising all of the spellings we have learned so far this year (and some things from Year 2!)

Have a go at this spelling game on TopMarks.

 

Maths

Don’t forget your rapid recall and games on Abacus!

Year 3&4:

This week we are doing maths through art!

Today’s task is to choose up to 10 colours to create a picture by colouring whole squares on the table. If you do not have a printer, you can draw the table yourself. It is 10 squares by 10 squares (100 total).

You then have some questions to answer based on fractions about your picture.

Share your masterpiece with your teacher on Seesaw.

 

RE:

This week we are learning about Islam. Watch this BBC clip to get you started.

Read through this PowerPoint on Muslim Prayer, and complete the timetabling task within it.

Then, you can create your own prayer mat using this template, or you can draw your own.

 

Friday 10th July

Reading:

Upload a video of you reading a book of your choice and share it with your teacher on SeeSaw.

Writing:

Today's literacy lesson has a grammar theme. You have the task of completing sentences choosing was and were correctly.

Guidance:

Use ‘was’ when you’re writing about a single person - ‘I was, he was, she was’.

Use ‘were’ for more than one person and for direct address - ‘We were, they were, you were’.

Maths

Today we are continuing to complete our maths investigation ‘The Mystery of the Missing Sacks on Sports Day.’

Your task is to decipher clue 5 by answering mixed multiplication and divisions questions.

The most frequent answer (the number which is the answer the most) will tell us the sack thief’s favourite drink.

Based upon all of the clues, you then have the task of working out which student (from those with strangely alliterative names) committed the most heinous of crimes.

Upload your work to Seesaw.

 

RE/Science/Project

Project:

Research someone famous from the country you are studying. Record any facts or pictures and share them with your teacher on Seesaw.

It could be a football player, singer or even fictional characters such as Paddington Bear.

Spelling and grammar:

Ask a parent or carer to test you on the following words:


Chorus, echo, monarch, scheme, stomach, mechanic, chlorine and chemistry.

Thursday 9th July

Reading:

Today you will be answering questions based upon ‘The Ultimate Jungle Survival Guide’.

Writing:

Complete the following ‘A and An,’ worksheet (choose the appropriate level for you).

Guidance:

‘An’ precedes (goes before) words which have a vowel sound (a,e,i,o,u).

E.g. An elephant, an igloo etc.

‘A ‘precedes (goes before) words with a  consonant sound (all letters besides a,e,i,o,u).

E.g. A train, a cup of tea etc.

The reason we say a vowel or consonant sound is due to some words beginning with a vowel or consonant producing the sounds different to the letters they begin with.

 

E.g. Europe starts with a ‘y’ sound. So, we say, ‘A European country,’ (even though the word starts with a vowel).

Hour starts with an ‘ow’ sound (which begins with a vowel). So, we say, ‘An hour,’ (even though the words starts with a consonant).

Maths

Today we are continuing to complete our maths investigation ‘The Mystery of the Missing Sacks on Sports Day.’

Your task is to decipher ‘Clue 4’ by finding the total value of groups of coins. The numbers of groups which produce £5.87 will tell you which trainers the culprit was wearing.

Upload your work to Seesaw.

RE/Science/Project

Project:

Using a song from the country that you are studying produce a dance routine. Practise this dance as you will be recording it tomorrow to upload for your teacher.

Spelling and grammar:

Have a go at the completing the second page of this spelling and grammar worksheet.

Practice spelling words with ‘ch’ producing a ‘k’ sound (this is prior to a test tomorrow).

Wednesday 8th July

Reading:

Today you will be answering questions about ‘People of the Rainforest’.

Writing:

Today we will be looking at poetry written by Christina Rossetti (which has been assigned using abacus active learn accounts). You have the task of reading the poem ‘Mix a Pancake’ (page 5).

Tasks:

  • Consider what is similar about the first word in each line?
  • List other verbs which could be used about pancakes. E.g. Roll, fill, eat etc.
  • Write three more lines about pancakes to add to the poem.

Record a poetry performance where you mime the actions of the verbs. Use intonation and expression in your reading.

Upload a video of your poetry performance to Seesaw.

Maths

Today we are continuing to complete our maths investigation ‘The Mystery of the Missing Sacks on Sports Day.’

Your task answer ‘Clue 3’ by interpreting data on a bar chart. Each number your produce should give you a word to provide today’s clue.

Clues and reminders:

  • The word difference means how many are between two numbers.

E.g. The difference between 14 and 6 is 8.

Upload your work to Seesaw.

RE/Science/Project

Project:

You have the job of researching and listening to music from the nation you are studying (it can be contemporary or folk music). You then need to write a review of the music answering the following questions:

Did you like the music? (Explain why)

What kind of emotions did you feel when listening to the music?

Is the music you listened to similar to anything you have listened to before?

 

Spelling and grammar:

Have a go at the completing the first page of this spelling and grammar worksheet.

You need to match words with ‘ch’ producing a ‘k’ sound to their definitions, then choose the correct word to complete sentences.

 

Music

This week Mrs Smith would like you to find out more about the music from the country you are studying in South America. What facts can you find out about this style of music?

Mrs Smith would love you to have a go at creating your own South American style music- maybe you could make your own panpipes using bottles with different amounts of water in to create the sound of Peruvian music? Or try out some different rhythms suing body percussion and drumming to perform the Samba rhythms from Brazil? Maybe you could learn the Argentinian Tango?!

Whatever you choose to do we would love to see it, so please share your findings with us on Seesaw.

 

Tuesday 7th July

Reading:

Today you will be answering reading comprehension questions about ‘Layers of the Rainforest’.

Writing:

This week’s learning will be based upon the book ’Roger McGough Collected Poems’ this has been assigned to children through their abacus active learn accounts.

Read the poem ‘The Sound Collector’ (pages 2-3) and answer the following questions:

  1. What colours were the stranger wearing?
  2. What made a popping noise?
  3. What made a drumming sound?
  4. Why do you think the stranger didn’t give his name?
  5. The words ‘tick’, ‘swish’ and ‘purr’ are onomatopoeias what do you think an onomatopoeia is?

Upload your work to Seesaw.

Maths

Apologies to those of you who noticed yesterday's maths link not matching the activity. Today will be beginning our maths investigation.

Today we are going to complete Clues 1 and 2 of the maths investigation ‘The Mystery of the Missing Sacks on Sports Day.’

To solve 'Clue 1' look at number patterns and work out whether missing answers are ten or one hundred more or less. Use the words in the table to solve ‘Clue 1’.

Then decipher ‘Clue 2’ by answering mixed ‘Yes or No’ questions. Today’s questions include various areas of maths which we have covered throughout the year.

Clues and reminders:

  • Negative numbers are numbers lower than zero. E.g. -1, -2, -3.
  • The larger the digits of a negative number the smaller it is. E.g. -100 is lower than – 82.
  • Perimeter is the distance around the outside of a shape.
  • A dozen is equal to 12.
  • In order to find the fraction of a whole number you divide the number by the denominator and then multiply it by the numerator.
  • 1000 grams (g) is equal to 1 kilogram (kg).
  • Leeds United may be top of the Championship, but Bristol City are a better team.

Upload your work to Seesaw.

RE/Science/Project

RE:

Write a letter to someone of a different faith explaining what happens at a Catholic Mass, including these words:

Introductory rites, Liturgy of the Word, Liturgy of the Eucharist and Dismissal.

Spelling and grammar:

Continuing this week’s focus on words with a phenome (sound) which produces a ‘k’ sound which are spelt with the grapheme (letter/letters which make a sound) ‘ch.’

E.g. Technical, chemistry etc.

Your job today is to see if you can complete a word search finding words with ‘ch’ producing a ‘k’ sound.

Monday 6th July

Reading:

This week's reading comprehension texts will be based on rainforests, as the South American countries we are studying have rainforests.

Today you will be answering questions about ‘Gary’s Big Adventure’.

Gary's Big Adventure Reading Comprehension.Upload your work to Seesaw.

Writing:

This first three lessons of this week’s learning will be based upon the book ’Roger McGough Collected Poems’ this has been assigned to children through their abacus active learn accounts. Lessons will have an emphasis on the comprehension of poetry and performance.

Read ‘ Bully Night by Roger McGough (page 6).

Answer the following questions:

Why is night like a bully?

Is this a good comparison?

Why does the poem stop suddenly after ‘the’?

What might the poet mean by ‘fast awake’?

 

Maths

This week both year 3 and year 4 will have the task of completing an investigation. The investigation centres around ‘The Mystery of the Missing Sacks on Sports Day’. Someone has stolen the sacks from the PE cupboard. As chief detective, you have the task of deciphering clues each day, to work who is responsible for the most terrible of crimes!

Today you have a place value task. Looking at number patterns you need to work out whether the missing answers are ten or one hundred more or less. and use the words in the table to solve ‘Clue 1’.

Upload your work to Seesaw.

 

RE/Science/Project

RE:

Explain the importance of forgiveness to Christians using these words:

Sin, Reconciliation, Penance and Absolution.

Spelling and grammar:

This week’s focus will be on words with a phenome (sound) which produces a ‘k’ sound which

are spelt with the grapheme (letter/letters which make a sound) ‘ch.’

E.g. Technical, chemistry etc.

Your job today is to use the code in order decode words with a ‘k’ sound spelt ‘ch.’

Friday 3rd July

 

Reading

As always, Friday is the day for your weekly reading video on Seesaw! The number of children doing this has dropped a little, please try to keep up with it! Mrs Simmons is working very hard watching all of your videos and responding to you, she would love to see a few more!

 

Writing

Today you are going to write up your folk tale! Write out your story in your most beautiful handwriting, taking care to remember your punctuation. Try to write really descriptively so that the reader can really paint an image in their mind. You can add beautiful images to go with it!

 

Spelling - Year 3 and 4:

More proofreading. Think about the different things you can use to help you: a dictionary, a spelling mat, or this really clear table of all the Year 34 spelling rules!

 

Maths

Don’t forget your rapid recall and games on Abacus!

 

Year 3:

Make sure you’ve done your rapid recall to refresh your brain on your times tables!

Today, you are going to be dividing on a number line. Each jump you do needs to be the same. Watch this video to get you started.

 

Then, have a go at page 90.

 

Year 4:

Today, you are using your division skills to find fractions of amounts. Watch this video to help you out. Then, have a go at this sheet. Remember level A is Mild, B is Hot and C is Spicy.

 

Project:

Do ANYTHING creative you would like! ANYTHING! Share your work with your teacher on Seesaw.

Spanish:

What's the weather like today? See the video on Seesaw to find out what's happening in Spain, and see if you can complete your own weather report for Senora Dean and Pepe about a country you are exploring.

 

Thursday 2nd July

Don’t forget your weekly video call with your class teacher! Check Seesaw for more information.

 

Reading

Read A Shaggy Dog Story and answer the questions next to the text. Remember to use full sentences in your answers. Each question has a number of marks that you can get next to it. The number of marks shows how much detail you need to give in your answer. For example, a 3 mark question might need you to give your answer, a reason and evidence from the text: I think that the man was scared because he hid in the corner, in the text it says ‘he backed away from the dog’.

 

Writing

Now it’s time to start planning your own folk tale. A folk tale is a bit like a fable, in that it’s a story with a meaning. Folk tales often have animals as the characters, so try to pick an animal from your class’s country. What is the meaning of the story? In the Quirquincho and the Fox, the meaning is to be truthful with your friends and they will be truthful with you. You are not writing today, just planning.

Think about these things:

The setting (and how you might describe that)

The characters

The meaning

What happens?

 

Look out for an example from Miss Harding on Seesaw.

 

Spelling - Year 3 and 4:

There is a spelling mistake in each of these sentences. Re-write each sentence so that it is spelled correctly. Use the Year 3/4 spelling list to help you.

 

Maths

Don’t forget your rapid recall and games on Abacus!

 

Year 3:

Warm your brain up by playing this finding change game.

Then, complete page 87 on finding change from £10 or £20.

 

Year 4:

Watch this video on how to use the bus stop method for division. If you are still not clear, you can work through this PowerPoint. Then, have a go at this sheet.

 

Project:

Using your research from Tuesday on a landmark from your class’s country, create a model of it!

(You can choose a different landmark if that’s easier to create.) Share your masterpiece with your teacher on Seesaw! 

 

Here's what we're up to this term:

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Have a FANTASTIC Christmas!

Many thanks for all the good wishes and wonderful gifts! Please have a restful Christmas, enjoy time with your family. I look forward to seeing the class in 2020. 

Christmas around the world

Otters have been learning about how Christmas is celebrated in different cultures. Cadel did an absolutely phenomenal job of teaching us about the traditions of Mexico. He was a superb teacher, who kept us all on our toes with his amazing questions!

Many thanks Cadel!

We the curious

Otters had a fantastic time visiting we the curious in Bristol. We learned about the water cycle through some brilliant practical experiments!

Thank you to all parents who volunteered to come, I wish we could have taken all of you!

Firstly, I would like to say a big thank you for my amazing welcome at St John's. All pupils, parents and staff have made me feel welcome since joining St John's. Thank you to all parents and carers who have helped children make progress through homework, spellings and reading outside of school. I can't sum up how useful this will be in the long run. 

Already, I have seen a great potential in the class. Personally, I have really enjoyed discussing your children's progress at parent's evening.

This first term has been filled with fun. We have researched the Romans and the contributions that they have made to modern society. More specifically we have considered the power of Julius Caesar and his grotesque demise. 

I have been supremely impressed with the progression the class has made in maths. We have looked at ordering numbers, representing numbers in different ways, mental addition/subtraction and the formal written method of addition/subtraction (to name just a few of the areas covered).

We have learned the story of Zacchaeus and the virtues of being kind to others in-spite of their actions. We have really considered how Jesus communicates with people in the modern age. 

In English lessons we have written different forms of poetry, written our own myths and produced phenomenal newspaper reports documenting our trip to Bath Literacy Festival.

I cannot wait to see the fantastic work produced by the class next term.

As ever, if you have any questions about your child's learning please feel free to email or catch me at the end of the day.

Otters have enjoyed raising money during the 'Day of many colours'. The class did a wonderful job of looking up bible references.

For more information on 'Day of many colours' please follow the link below.

 https://missiontogether.org.uk/day-of-many-colours/

Otters enjoyed their trip to Bath Literacy Festival. The Guildhall was a fantastic venue to hear Matt Goodfellow read from his poetry compendium 'Chicken on the roof'.

Otters attempted to group foods. 

Our budding actresses Bella and Maia are retelling the story of Samuel.

Here are all the spelling rules we'll be looking at this year!

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Otters

Class teacher: Mr T O'Neill

Dear Parent/Carers
Welcome to our dedicated class page! Whenever we have got anything we would like share - photographs, letters, exciting work we are doing - we'll put it on our page.

Drop Everything And Read!

Please note that parents/carers are invited to read in class on Mondays and Wednesdays from 08:45 - 09:00!

Term 1 September 2019

It's September and we are excited to be starting a new year...

 We are Time Travellers! 

 Here is a breakdown of what we will be covering this year

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